RUSSEL C. JONES, Ph.D., P.E.
Russel Jones currently serves as President of World Expertise LLC, a consulting company offering services to a select clientele. His primary interests are international higher education and human capacity building through engineering education. He has recently consulted on education projects in Russia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.
He recently served as Vice President of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education. Previously he was senior Advisor at the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, a new institution in Abu Dhabi, UAE. KUSTAR offers undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and science. Prior to that, he served as Founding President of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE – a new university dedicated to graduate education and research, focused on alternative energy.
Dr. Jones received his education at Carnegie Institute of Technology, earning degrees in civil engineering and materials science. Prior to returning to Carnegie for his doctoral study, he worked as a practicing civil engineer. He has spent much of his career as an educator, starting with engineering education and broadening to higher education as a whole. After completing his doctoral degree in 1963, he taught for eight years on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then served in a succession of administrative posts in higher education, for several years each: Chairman of Civil Engineering at the Ohio State University, Dean of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Academic Vice President at Boston University, and President and University Research Professor at the University of Delaware. Prior to forming World Expertise L.L.C. as president, he served as Executive Director of the National Society of Professional Engineers, an individual member society for the licensed professional engineer with offices in Alexandria, Virginia.
Long active in the engineering profession, Dr. Jones has served as a national officer of the American Society of Civil Engineers, has chaired major task committees for such groups as the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Association of Engineering Societies, and has served as President of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. He was General Chairman for UPADI ’90, the biannual meeting of the Pan American Association of Engineering Societies, and has served as Co-chair of the UNESCO Steering Committee on Human Resources Development for Technical Industry Stimulation. Prior to becoming its Executive Director, Dr. Jones was active as a volunteer in the National Society of Professional Engineers, and served as President of its Delaware Engineering Society. He has been an elected member of the Council of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, the state PE registration board. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer in several states, and as a Euro Engineer with FEANI.
Dr. Jones has been honored with the Collingwood Prize and the Friedman Professional Recognition Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was elected to Distinguished Member status in ASCE in 2004. He has been awarded the International Medal for Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Education of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, and has been honored as the Outstanding Delaware Engineer of the Year for 1994. Dr. Jones has been honored as the recipient of the 2005 Chair’s Award of the American Association of Engineering Societies. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institution of Engineers of Ireland, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. He was a Senior Fellow of the American Council on Education in 1988-90.
Recently, Dr. Jones has been most active in consulting on the enhancement of engineering education in developing countries, and in chairing volunteer activities in that area. He was President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations Committee on Capacity Building, establishing programs to build technical capacity in developing countries in order to stimulate economic development there. He also has served as Chair of the International Division of the American Society for Engineering Education, and as President of the Committee on Engineering Education of the Pan American Association of Engineering Societies. Dr. Jones also has served as a member of the United States National Commission on UNESCO, providing guidance to the US State Department and to its Ambassador to UNESCO.
BETHANY S. JONES, Ph.D
Bethany S. Jones recently served as President of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education, an organization which has provided guidance for the establishment of quality assurance systems in some 40 countries. She served previously as Advisor to the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, an organization which reports directly to His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. As such, she provided policy guidance and strategic implementation in all areas related to education, including university-industry relations, creation of new universities, strategies for building a knowledge economy, and financial management of higher education initiatives, including the New York University Abu Dhabi campus. Previous to her work with the EAA she completed an 18-month term as Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain. In that capacity she led a college of approximately 5,000 students and 200 faculty members. She also holds the rank of James Madison Distinguished Professor Emerita at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
Jones received her B.A. degree from
As VPAA at James Madison University, Dr. Jones had responsibility for all of the academic colleges and departments of the university. Later, as Executive Director of International Programs at James Madison she had a portfolio of responsibilities which included educational programming for over 500 study abroad students, immigration and academic support services for over 600 international faculty, students and staff, new program development, work in international economic development, faculty development, and running the Commonwealth of Virginia International Internship Program.
the years Dr. Jones has served on many local, national and international
committees with organizations such as the American Council on Education, the
Ohio Board of Regents, the National Association of State Universities and
Jones has particular expertise in international education, higher education
reorganization, entrepreneurship education, faculty performance reviews,
curriculum development, and preparation of engineers for international
practice. She has been active in teacher
education beginning with work in the
Dr. Jones is bi-lingual (French/English) and has lived
abroad for extended periods of time. She
has worked with higher education leaders and programs in countries such as the